SEATCA Insight Series Vol.6

The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA)’s specific program on tobacco taxation – the Southeast Asia Initiative on Tobacco Tax (SITT) – aims to reduce tobacco demand through price and tax measures as per Article 6 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). With support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) since October 2009, SEATCA implements this project in five low- and middle-income countries in ASEAN (Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Philippines, and Vie...
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Growing threats to Sin Tax reform

By: Rey Gamboa Philippines Star 09 January 2014 With the higher taxes arising from the new Sin Tax Reform Law passed end-2012, two unshakeable facts have emerged. First, that the now more expensive alcohol and tobacco products are still popular consumer items, what with continued patronage by local customers in 2013. Second, that the government is collecting much more than it originally estimated from levies on the sale of liquor and cigarettes, and that this should increase further in ...
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Purisima Aware of Tax Fraud

The Department of Finance is aware of the tax fraud committed by Mighty Corp. This is the reason Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima issued on Aug. l5, 2013 an “urgent and confidential memorandum” to Customs Commissioner Rozano Rufino B. Biazon, (resigned last month) BIR Commissioner Kim Jacinto Henares and Jeremias N. Paul, head of the domestic finance group of the DOF ordering them to “submit a written response evaluating the findings (of tax fraud) on or before Aug. 30, 2013, and explore th...
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Triple tobacco tax, prevent 200 million deaths

Tripling tobacco tax globally would cut smoking by one-third and prevent 200 million premature deaths this century from lung cancer and other diseases, according to a Cancer Research UK review published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Boosting tax by a large fixed amount per cigarette would encourage people to quit smoking altogether rather than switch to a cheaper brand, and would help stop young people from starting, concludes the review, Global Effects of Smoking, of Quitting and o...
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Downgrading of Marlboro Undervalues Sin Tax Law

Downgrading of Marlboro Undervalues Sin Tax Law MANILA, Philippines – Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp. (PMFTC) is requesting for the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)’s approval to downgrade Marlboro cigarettes from the high-price to the low-price category of the Sin Tax Law. PMFTC wants to take advantage of the lower taxes imposed on the low-price category in order to regain its market share as its production volume has fallen to 68-billion sticks this year from 92- billion in 2012. Acc...
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New Lancet report highlights tobacco taxation as a powerful tool to curb non-communicable diseases

A new report released by the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health titled Global Health 2035: A World Converging within a Generation outlines a new pro-poor health investment plan to achieve dramatic health gains within a generation. The Commission, made up of global health and economic experts from around the world, found that there is an enormous benefit from investing in health and that fiscal policies – in particular tobacco taxes –  are a powerful and underused lever for curbing non-c...
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Global, local tobacco firms in brutal battle for market dominance

by BETING LAYGO DOLOR The growing popularity of electronic cigarettes, a universal lobby against tobacco use, even the legalization of marijuana in many parts of the United States and Europe; It’s enough to cause cigar and cigarette manufacturers to reconsider whether they should stay in the industry or move on to other lines of business. A global brand like Dunhill, for example, has expanded to non-tobacco related products such as men’s apparel, leather goods and fragrances. It is a gr...
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